How to Add Password To PDF Files Without Adobe Acrobat Reader

Last Updated: January 31, 2017

If you are looking to secure PDF files containing confidential information then the best way to go forward is to lock them with a password. In order to do that follow this easy guide to know how you can add password to PDF files without Acrobat Reader for free. I will mention two methods by which you can password protect PDF files. One is using Microsoft Word and other by making use of a free online tool.

Password protect PDF without acrobat

You might have already come across password protected PDF files like credit card statements, Payslips etc. If you want to set a password for existing PDF documents then use the methods I will be sharing below. In case you are in the opposite situation then use our earlier article to remove password from PDF document.

Method 1: Add Password To PDF Files Using Microsoft Word

You need not download and install an additional software. MS Word can do the job for you.

Here’s how.

1. Open the desired PDF file with Word.

2. Now, click on File Menu button and select Save As.

3. On the next dialog box, select Save as Type to be PDF.

4. On selecting type as PDF, Options… button will appear on the same dialog box. Click on it.

Add Password to PDF without acrobat for free

5. In the options dialog, select Encrypt the document with a password under PDF options at the bottom.

6. On selecting the checkbox Encrypt the document with a password, you will be prompted to provide a password. Set the desired password for the PDF file and click on Ok.

Password protect PDF file using MS Word

You’re done here. Next time you open the PDF file it will ask for a password and can only be opened after entering the password you set above.

PDF file locked with password

Apart from setting the password to existing PDF files, this method can also be used to create password protected PDF files or convert Word file to PDF document.

Let us now move on to the second method.

Also Read: Convert PDF to Word on Mac

Method 2: Password Protect PDF Documents Online For Free

This method is pretty straightforward and quick.

Simply visit

Upload the desired PDF file. You can upload from your computer, Google drive or Dropbox.

Set the desired passcode in the Password field.

Finally, click on Protect.

Set Password For PDF Document Online Free

A copy of the file will start downloading, with a difference that it will be password protected with the passcode you set above.

Such a useful tool and does the job for free.

Also Read: Open pdf file without pdf reader

So, these were the two methods you can use to set passwords to existing PDF files without Adobe Reader and without spending a dime.

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